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Low-Dimensional Signal-Strength Fingerprint-Based Positioning in Wireless LANs

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Executive Summary

Accurate location awareness is of paramount importance in most ubiquitous and pervasive computing applications. Numerous solutions for indoor localization based on IEEE802.11, Bluetooth, ultrasonic and vision technologies have been proposed. This paper introduces a suite of novel indoor positioning techniques utilizing Signal-Strength (SS) fingerprints collected from Access Points (APs). The authors' first approach employs a statistical representation of the received SS measurements by means of a multivariate Gaussian model by considering a discretized grid-like form of the indoor environment and by computing probability distribution signatures at each cell of the grid. At run time, the system compares the signature at the unknown position with the signature of each cell by using the Kullback - Leibler Divergence (KLD) between their corresponding probability densities.

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